Google’s definition of helpful is:

help·ful
/ˈhelpfəl/
adjective: helpful
giving or ready to give help.
“people are friendly and helpful”

Here are helpful resources for New Yorkers:

Help For Homeless Families

Homeless: Family Services
Information from the City for homeless families on where to go for help, who is eligible for assistance and what to bring.

Guide for families applying for shelter at the new PATH center
A 7 page Legal Aid handout for families applying for shelter at the new PATH. The final page is a fax cover sheet that clients, advocates, doctors, and others can use to fax information into PATH on behalf of a family.

Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) Guide
Guide about the range of services available at PATH for homeless families. New York City Department of Homeless Services

Homeless Families: Know Your Rights! What To Do If Found Ineligible For Shelter
Explains what to do if the City does not give you shelter when you re-apply.

Homelessness Assistance
If you or someone you know is homeless, help is available! HUD, along with many other federal agencies, funds programs to help homeless people.

Public benefits for families in homeless shelters
If you live in a homeless shelter, this PDF can answer your questions about how much cash assistance and welfare benefits you can receive. Public benefits are different depending on which type of shelter you live in. Look through the pages to find answers for the type of shelter you live in.

Help For Homeless Veterans

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
HOMELESS VETERAN in NEED of HELP? Call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838) The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. 

Homelessness Resource Exchange: Veteran Assistance
This page is a one-stop spot for veterans, information on a 24-hour hotline, those who help veterans, find housing.

Assistance for Homeless Veterans
Information about what help is available to homeless veterans. 

Public benefits for families in homeless shelters
If you live in a homeless shelter, this PDF can answer your questions about how much cash assistance and welfare benefits you can receive. Public benefits are different depending on which type of shelter you live in. Look through the pages to find answers for the type of shelter you live in.

Help For Homeless Single Adults

Homeless: Single Adult Services
If you are a single adult that is currently homeless in need of shelter, visit this page to find out where to go, what to expect, and how to get a hospital referral should you need one.

Helpful Hotlines For Various Services

AIDS Hotline (800) 825-5448 
Alcoholics Anonymous (212) 647-1680
Bias Hotline (877) 363-2427
Child Abuse Hotline (800) 342-3720
Coalition for the Homeless (212) 776-2000
Crime Victim Hotline (212) 577-7777
Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990
Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 621-4673
Drug and Alcohol Hotline (800) 622-2255
Elderly Crime Victim’s Resources (212) 442-3103
Employment Information (888) 469-7365
Food and Hunger Hotline (866) 888-8777
Food Stamps – English & Spanish (718) 557-1399
GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) (800) 243-7692
Homeless Services Hotline (212) 533-5151

 

Housing Court Answers Hotline (212) 962-4795
Immigration Hotline (718) 889-4000
Legal Aid Society (212) 577-3300
Mental Health Services (800) 543-3638
Narcotics Anonymous (212) 929-6262
NYC Housing Authority Application (718) 707-7771
Poison Control Center (212) 340-4494
Police Sex Crime Unit (212) 267-7273
Project Renewal Mobile Medical Van(646) 737-3753
Rape Crisis Hotline (212) 227-3000
Senior Hotline (800) 342-9871
Social Security Administration (800) 772-1213
Suicide Hotline (800) 673-3000 or
Traveler’s Aid (866) 201-7399
Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255 x1

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